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Brazil ‘Prepared for Decisive Game’ Says Miranda

Brazil defender João Miranda says that his team are prepared for tonight’s decisive Group E encounter against Serbia. The Seleção need to draw at least to be assured progression into the knockout stages.

Miranda will captain the side on Wednesday evening. After Neymar cried on the pitch following Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Miranda was asked whether the squad were in the right frame of mind emotionally.

“The emotional part is just as important as the physical part. We've worked on both, and we are prepared to enter a decisive game. We want to beat Serbia, this is our priority, and then whatever comes, comes.

“Serbia are tall and physically strong, the set pieces are one of the most dangerous weapons. We are aware that one set piece can decide a whole game, therefore we are taking this matter very seriously in training.

“We are not thinking about happened vs Costa Rica. All our concentration in on Serbia and on beating them. We want to prioritize the collective not the individual.” This will be Miranda’s third occasion captaining his country in Tite’s rotational captaincy policy.

“It is an honour for me to be a captain in a team of many captains. Will I wear the armband in case we reach the final? If I do and we win, I will be very happy. And if I don't and we win, I will also be very happy.”


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